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LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

03 Aug 2020, 12:51

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

No: 406/2020
31st July 2020

For the Immediate Attention of All:

Postal Branches
Divisional Representatives
Area Processing Representatives

Dear Colleagues

Mail Centre Processing – Alphanumeric Barcoding

Branches and representatives are informed that the department have been receiving enquiries over recent days in relation to documentation that is the field regarding changes to sorting methods for Tracked items, which utilises Alphanumeric coding on barcodes.

We can advise that a meeting has taken place with the business in relation to the issue and the department have been informed that the business are introducing a simplified Alphanumeric sorting method into Mail Centres for both the Inward and Outward Tracked areas, from the 10th August 2020.

The change in method involves the use of Alphanumeric coding on barcodes for Tracked items. This method has been used successfully in the RDC’s for some time and is now being introduced into Mail Centres to provide uniformity.

The business have advised that it is now possible to introduce the method into Mail Centres, as a threshold level of c80% has now been achieved in relation to the inclusion of Alphanumeric coding on barcodes for Tracked items.

The business have confirmed that the move to Alphanumeric coding is a change in designation rather than an actual change to sort selections. Therefore, the number of sort selections remains the same and the use of the Alphanumeric process provides one cohesive plan for Tracked items.

It is not anticipated that the change in method will have any impact on headcount or presentation to Delivery Offices.

Attached for information is documentation that the business has shared with the department in relation to the change.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org quoting reference: 709.02

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary

LTB 406/20 https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-i/
Annex A – Tracked Alphanumeric Sorting Ops Brief v1.0 https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-d/
Annex B – Alphanumerical Tracked Label Example https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-h/
Annex C – Copy of Alphanumeric Outward Secondary Road Breakdown August 2020_v1.0 https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-k/
Annex D – Manual Pcls_Bullring Setups_COVID19_Ver 0.2 https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-u/
Annex E – Copy of Alaphanumeric_Deployment_Mail_Centre_Activites_Timeline_v1.0 https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-o/
Annex F – Alphanumerical Sorting Aid Examples https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-b/
Annex G – Copy of Tracked Coding MASTER_Jan 2020_Ver 002 https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-n/

View Online https://emails.cwu.org/t/d-l-cldkykd-jtfltzjh-p/

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

03 Aug 2020, 19:44

Sounds like RM are getting ready to possibly move all Tracked to the hubs and not just the large stuff

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

05 Aug 2020, 18:57

Outward maybe, but I can't see this being brought in for inward at our place any time soon (and we haven't had any kind of briefing about it being so). Eyeballing it last night, there was nowhere near 80% of packets with an inward alphanumeric on them; more like 30%, 40% at most, with it not being on a lot of the higher-volume stuff (Amazon, M&S, River Island...). Also, there's at least three codes just in what our MC covers that would cause missorts or change selections (it doesn't handle a couple of sub-sector range exceptions, and doesn't distinguish two selections for one of our DOs). Half-baked as usual from RM?

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

05 Aug 2020, 20:02

Tamsk wrote:Outward maybe, but I can't see this being brought in for inward at our place any time soon (and we haven't had any kind of briefing about it being so). Eyeballing it last night, there was nowhere near 80% of packets with an inward alphanumeric on them; more like 30%, 40% at most, with it not being on a lot of the higher-volume stuff (Amazon, M&S, River Island...). Also, there's at least three codes just in what our MC covers that would cause missorts or change selections (it doesn't handle a couple of sub-sector range exceptions, and doesn't distinguish two selections for one of our DOs). Half-baked as usual from RM?

Probably not hard to implement, just encode 2 or 3 extra characters to the end of the barcodes and a tweak to the PDA software to have them ignore the extra characters.

RM could alter the terms of use to force sending companies to add it

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

06 Aug 2020, 07:31

Tamsk wrote:Outward maybe, but I can't see this being brought in for inward at our place any time soon (and we haven't had any kind of briefing about it being so). Eyeballing it last night, there was nowhere near 80% of packets with an inward alphanumeric on them; more like 30%, 40% at most, with it not being on a lot of the higher-volume stuff (Amazon, M&S, River Island...). Also, there's at least three codes just in what our MC covers that would cause missorts or change selections (it doesn't handle a couple of sub-sector range exceptions, and doesn't distinguish two selections for one of our DOs). Half-baked as usual from RM?


Yes , some of them have the same code for different delivery offices , bit of a joke really.

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

06 Aug 2020, 08:20

tractorboy2 wrote:
Tamsk wrote:Outward maybe, but I can't see this being brought in for inward at our place any time soon (and we haven't had any kind of briefing about it being so). Eyeballing it last night, there was nowhere near 80% of packets with an inward alphanumeric on them; more like 30%, 40% at most, with it not being on a lot of the higher-volume stuff (Amazon, M&S, River Island...). Also, there's at least three codes just in what our MC covers that would cause missorts or change selections (it doesn't handle a couple of sub-sector range exceptions, and doesn't distinguish two selections for one of our DOs). Half-baked as usual from RM?


Yes , some of them have the same code for different delivery offices , bit of a joke really.


Wouldn't you like to think that somebody in the local MC has OK'd the inward alphanumeric sortation codes based on their current DO sortation?
It makes you wonder who has come up with these new codes. Probably the same person who can't spell Edinburgh correctly.

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

06 Aug 2020, 08:50

Steve_claret wrote:
tractorboy2 wrote:
Tamsk wrote:Outward maybe, but I can't see this being brought in for inward at our place any time soon (and we haven't had any kind of briefing about it being so). Eyeballing it last night, there was nowhere near 80% of packets with an inward alphanumeric on them; more like 30%, 40% at most, with it not being on a lot of the higher-volume stuff (Amazon, M&S, River Island...). Also, there's at least three codes just in what our MC covers that would cause missorts or change selections (it doesn't handle a couple of sub-sector range exceptions, and doesn't distinguish two selections for one of our DOs). Half-baked as usual from RM?


Yes , some of them have the same code for different delivery offices , bit of a joke really.


Wouldn't you like to think that somebody in the local MC has OK'd the inward alphanumeric sortation codes based on their current DO sortation?
It makes you wonder who has come up with these new codes. Probably the same person who can't spell Edinburgh correctly.

There's more than likely some DOs somewhere in the country that will get a partial breakdown on their mail (maybe a 3 or 4 way split if it's a really large DO). Maybe RM plan on having 1 selection per physical DO

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

06 Aug 2020, 11:57

SpacePhoenix wrote:There's more than likely some DOs somewhere in the country that will get a partial breakdown on their mail (maybe a 3 or 4 way split if it's a really large DO). Maybe RM plan on having 1 selection per physical DO


If they do go to one selection per physical office particularly for Tracked parcels then it's not before time.

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

06 Aug 2020, 15:00

this has been in planning way before xmas 2019

inward tracked in Mail Centres would have had the manager involved ,as to how each MC breaks down the sortation ,so if it doesn't work ,see the local manager in charge of the tracked work area.


not just Edinburgh spelt correctly. ( look at C I )

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

06 Aug 2020, 17:13

What's wrong with Gurensey? :left:

LTB 406/20 - Mail Centre Processing - Alphanumeric Barcoding

08 Aug 2020, 07:35

Steve_claret wrote:What's wrong with Gurensey? :left:


:dance
guERnsey

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